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New Solas Regulation Implementing 1st July 2016

From the 1st July 2016 all containers loaded for export will have to be weighed. The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations state that every container loaded for export will have to be accompanied with proof of Verified Gross Mass (VGM).

The VGM, which has to be provided by the SHIPPER will have to be forwarded to the shipping line before they will allow the container to be loaded on the vessel.

There are going to be 2 methods available to obtain a VGM and these are explained in detail on the below website along with other useful answers to various questions.

We suggest that anyone involved in container export read pages 1 to 7 to obtain a clear understanding of the new regulation.

Further information can be found at the World Shipping Council’s website at:

There will be further information released regarding obtaining a VGM leading up to the 1st JULY and we aim to work with all customers on an individual basis to assist making the new regulation as trouble free as possible.

East African shipping corridors open for business

We are pleased to inform that all East African CTBL corridors are now open for intermodal traffic as follows:

Tanzania – Copper Belt corridor reopened

Traffic is back to normal following social unrest causing backlogs. Roads through Mbeya offer a good alternative to the train to Ndola. We also offer roads transit to Kolwezi, Likasi and Kitwe.

Mozambique Nacala corridor reopened

All backlogs have been cleared following congestion and wagon shortage. CDN the National Rail operator welcomes all bookings. We serve both Blantyre and Lilongwe in Malawi by rail via Nacala.

Tanzania – Great Lakes update

After heavy rains, roads from Dar Es Salaam to North Rwanda, Burundi and DRC (Goma / Bukavu / Uvira) are in good condition. A new opened corridor to Uganda via Mutukula is running well.

Russian Import Ban

On 7 August 2014, the Russian Government announced an import ban to certain commodities from Europe, Norway, United States, Canada and Australia with immediate effect.

As a result Russia will no longer accept the following commodities:

Russia will no longer accept these commodities